Cerebral Thrombosis

Updated on: August 18, 2014
There are numerous veins in the brain. The veins which run in the brain are known as cerebral veins. Sometimes the veins develop a blood clot and this is known as cerebral thrombosis.

Cerebral thrombosis is an important but rare cause of brain damage. The condition may present with headaches and paralysis of any part of the body. The condition is more recognized today because of the availability of better diagnostic radiological techniques.

The signs and symptoms of cerebral thrombosis are dependent on which vein and where the vein is blocked.

Cerebra venous thrombosis causing stroke is a rare medical condition. However, when the condition is not diagnosed, the death rate is high. Both genders can be affected and the condition can occur in all races and age groups. The condition is most common in women in the age range of 20-35 and has been linked to the use of oral contraceptives.

The individual may present with a sudden and intense headache, associated with nausea and vomiting. Depending on where the thrombosis has occurred, other symptoms may include:

- Seizures

- loss of vision, double vision

- partial paralysis

- loss of speech

- ringing in the ears

- gait problems

- deafness

- difficulty walking, unsteady gait

- facial weakness

- difficulty swallowing

Mental status may be quite variable, with some patients showing no change in alertness, and others developing mild confusion, or progressing to coma.

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